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Monthly highlights of WestEd’s research, resources, services, and events to help all learners succeed in school and career.
SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSPutting Equity at the Center — Q&A with WestEd’s Rose Owens-West
The Region IX Equity Assistance Center (EAC) helps educators ensure that all students — regardless of race, gender, or national origin — receive the resources to thrive and succeed academically. Learn how the Region IX EAC provides highly effective services in pursuit of its mission.
Also, check out the new print edition of R&D Alert. Topics include partnering with families to boost early learning, digital media that improves math learning, and 21st century assessments that provide deeper understanding.
SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSREL West Research Digest: Timely Research-Based Responses to Pressing Education Questions
Through the national Ask A REL network, the REL West Reference Desk produces quick turnaround memos in response to questions from the field about any number of education topics. Learn more about this free service.
TEACHERS & LEADERS
Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning: New Research
This REL Northeast & Islands study helps to illustrate the need for greater coherence between teacher evaluation and teacher professional learning. Download the report to read the research findings and more.
SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSUsing Federal Education Formula Funds for School Turnaround Initiatives: New Resource
State education agency leaders and staff can consult this new handbook to help districts and schools maximize federal formula funds to support school turnaround efforts.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING, AND STEM
First-Graders’ Math Knowledge Increases with PBS KIDS’ ODD SQUAD: New Research
WestEd research shows that content from the PBS KIDS’ ODD SQUAD series helps children from low-income families boost their knowledge of numbers and operations, and algebraic thinking. Read the new research report.
SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSTalent and Turnaround: Support for Systemic Change — New Event
Join the Center on School Turnaround to help launch the Equitable Access and School Turnaround Professional Learning Network. June 15-17, Houston, TX. Learn more.
STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT, & ACCOUNTABILITYAmerican Indian/Alaska Native Students & the New Standards
Learn how the Common Core State Standards could impact American Indian/Alaska Native students and how to implement the standards to increase college and/or career success for this student population. Download the report.
STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT, & ACCOUNTABILITYCommon Core State Standards & Site-Based Teacher Learning Structures
What does site-based, lesson-focused teacher professional learning in the Common Core era look like? Read about the experiences of four school districts, including lessons learned and plans for the future.
SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSEnhancing the Effectiveness of Education Systems at All Levels
From improving education outcomes to assisting in/supporting school transformation, WestEd partners with schools, districts, and state education agencies to build capacity and create highly effective learning organizations.
Visit our Schools, Districts, & State Education Systems page to learn about our services, research, and resources.
AGENCY NEWSWestEd Celebrating 50 Years
A National Science Foundation study found that students whose teachers participated in WestEd’s Making Sense of SCIENCE training outperformed their peers by 40 percent. Read about this and more WestEd historical milestones on ourCelebrating 50 Years of Excellence page.
In addition, download WestEd 2015 Year in Review and read about our agency’s impact over the past year.
Designed for schools of education, professional developers, and school districts, this new resource illustrates how data can be used to improve teacher practice at all levels of professional growth. Order your copy today.
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